Look at this. Just look at it. Meaty, right?
Well, you already know by the title that this is a vegan meal, but pretty convincing, eh? Even the most fond meat eater would be impressed by the look, texture and taste. The Jack Fruit is able to achieve the look of meat as it is fibrous and stringy, however upon chewing, it is more like an artichoke! There’s less resistance when biting down.
The recipe is at the bottom after the photos!
Jack Fruit fresh out of the can. As you can see, very fibrous!
Alright, we’re off cooking now!
Don’t forget your simple beans!
Delicious vegan BBQ pulled ‘pork’ result
Vegan BBQ Pulled Pork
- 2 tins of Jack Fruit pieces in water (do not use tins with syrup)
- 1 tbps Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbps Soy Sauce
- 2 tbps Molasses
- 1 tsp of Brown Sugar
- 1 tbps Liquid Smoke, or regular BBQ sauce if you don’ t have any (we used BBQ as we prefer a sweeter flavour)
- 2 large Brown Onions
- 1 tbps crushed Garlic
- 1 tsp Mustard Powder
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- 1 tin of Mixed Beans
- 1 tin of Butter Beans (you can use whatever beans you wish, even chickpeas, etc)
- 1/2 tbps Olive Oil
- 2 tbps crushed Garlic
- 1/2 Green Capsicum
Steps for Vegan BBQ Pulled Pork
- Drain and rinse the Jack Fruit, cut triangles in half. You’ll notice that the jackfruit has a weird fleshy texture held together by a core/heart. By cutting down these larger pieces means you’ll get tastier food!
- Dice up your onions in smallish bits.
- In a frying pan, add oil, garlic, onion, Jack Fruit and sauté for about 10 minutes. You want the onion to get soft and the jack fruit to heat up.
- Add all of the herbs and liquids, except the liquid smoke/BBQ sauce, into the frying pan. Cook for roughly 5 minutes. Note: If it’s beginning to look a little dry, add in a little bit of water as you want it be moist. Once you’ve sautéed the ingredients, the Jack Fruit should be darker in colour as it’s absorbing the herbs and liquids. The mix should be a bit sticky, not too watery.
- Crank your oven to about 200C and pour the Jack Fruit mix out onto a baking tray. You need to spread it around evenly, the purpose is to crisp it up / caramelise the mix, just like with pulled pork.
- Once you have spread the mix on a tray, grab your Liquid Smoke/BBQ Sauce and drizzle it all over your Jack Fruit before putting the tray in the over.
- Leave in the oven for about 10 minutes, then turn the whole mixture before putting it back in the oven for another 10 mins.
- Remove and serve with beans!
Steps for Simple Beans
While your Jack Fruit is getting sticky in the oven you can make these really easy beans.
- Drain and rinse your chosen bean mix.
- In a pan, slowly heat up the oil and garlic.
- Once it’s hot, add your beans and the capsicum and heat through.
- Season with salt and pepper or if you’re awesome, some jalepenos.
- Serve with your delicious vegan BBQ dish.